Toronto & Valparaiso: Creative Cities Cultural Exchange

You are invited to join in celebrating an exciting new, large scale community mural that tributes the Portuguese Community in Toronto.

The design of this mural brought together diverse members of Little Portugal area to create a visual celebration of the contributions of the Portuguese community in Toronto.

A beautiful artwork titled “Portuguese Fisherman”, depicts a traditional Fisherman from the Nazareas region of Portugal.The creation of this mural engaged youth from communities within the Dundas West Area in educational and mural painting workshops at Alexander Muir Public School, in which artists from Valparaiso, had the opportunity to work with students and community members to explore the issues and designs as part of the mural creation process.

Located at 1357 Dundas St. West, this dramatic and impressive mural was produced by Rodrigo Ardiles, and painted by international artist Pablo Gomez. This collaborative effort, another showpiece for the Dundas West Area, celebrates visual arts, and reinforces Toronto’s reputation as a centre of creativity and innovation – Diversity Our Strength !

This mural project is supported and funded by the City of Toronto – StreetARToronto Program, Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Embassy in Chile, Chilean Consulate in Toronto, Municipality of Valparaiso (First Nations Office), Chile, Dundas West BIA, Little Portugal BIA, Lula Music and Arts Centre, Creativo Arts Collective, CASAT, TDSB, FilmInChile NGO, Memorial Museum of Chile and the “Valparaiso En Colores” NGO Initiative.

The initiative builds on mural art previously created in the Dundas West neighbourhood by both local BIAs. These public art works have been included in many guided walking tours and help to promote sustainable and creative economic growth in the area. The works will be become part of the collection of of Dundas West Museum, an innovative open air street Museum on Dundas West which will launch in early 2019. Spearheaded by Creativo Arts Collective, as well as the Dundas West and Little Portugal BIAs, with support from the City of Toronto’s Economic Development department, the museum will also have a on online life through a website and a mobile app. Watch for further developments using the tag @dundaswest.museum.

We extend the invitation to the entire community to participate in our public inauguration and celebration of the vibrant creative neighbourhood of Little Portugal on Wednesday December 19 at 1357 Dundas St. West at 2pm.

Dundas West Museum Laneway

Located at the north laneway behind Dundas St. West, between Dufferin St. and Gladstone Ave. lies a beautiful grayscale portrait of a women smoking. The drip technique can be observed in this artwork, as the gracious expressions are elegantly placed in the composition.

Our community is blessed to have such great talent present. We thank the artist for his inspiration and art.

2 Federal Lane

Commissioned art work created in 2017 for the building located at 2 Federal Lane. More info to come about this piece, created by emerging latin american artist Moises AKA Luvsumone.

You can check out more of his recent art pieces at: http://.instagram.com/luvsumone/ and https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1696797&jwsource=cl

Boland Laneway

An original classic drawing located in the most conspicuous location, the Boland Laneway.
By the observation of the elements that accompany the portrait, we can calculate its creation back to the 1980’s.

The mural has transformed the city, its colours decorate the entire neighbourhood, providing citizens a reference point to meet, and also admire the majestic designs, a common stamp known in Ortegas’ works.